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see the families on top of the rail car borderland continues only on al jazeera america >> under pressure but clipping to power. iraq's prime minister wants a third term and has deployed special forces around baghdad. hello there, welcome to al jazeera live from doha. also ahead in this programme - in gaza a rare night of quiet and today a ceasefire between hamas and israel appears to be holding. turkey's prime minister promises a new era of reconciliation after winning the first ever direct presidential elections. and rory mcilroy wins the
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pga championship and his fourth major title. iraq may be crumbling but the prime minister nouri al-maliki is not backing down on his bid for a third term. he is threatening a legal challenge against the president, a kurd, for getting in his way. all this as kurdish forces battle sunni rebels from the islamic state in northern iraq. we have this report. >> an important victory in the fight against the islamic state group. fighters recaptured mack more in the north, holding up a black flag as a trophy. islamic state is still in control of large parts of the north of iraq, and have put nouri al-maliki under intense pressure to quit.
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he has gone on the attack against the country's president. >> translation: i warned the iraqi parliament, presidency and the court that they had no right to delay the election of the new prime minister based on the results of the last elections and such a violation would lead to security problems, this is why the government is planning to file a case against a president to violate the constitution twice. >> massoud is a kurd and his election raised hopes of a reconciliation between kurds, shias and sunnis. maliki has been accused of targetting his critics, including top sunni politicians. he is now looking isolated. >> nouri al-maliki's mind-set has narrowed down that he is not seeing the country or the thousands of people killed by
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i.s.i.s. he is not seeing that this happened under his watch. he was responsible for arming and guiding the iraqi army that collapsed in front of i.s.i.s. the u.s. state department fully sprs the president in his role -- supports the president in his role. ooep nouri al-maliki's own -- each nouri al-maliki's open party supported the president, homing a new prime minister could be elected as soon as monday. the advance of fighters from the islamic state left many without a home in northern iraq. large numbers were stranded on a desert mountain top in sinjar. those that crossed the border into syria. from then they crossed to the kurdish controlled areas. it takes a wake for some to crash into northern iraq. families are walking, some are
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in cars with little food and no medical supplies. they will live in tough conditions in a regee camp set up -- refugee camp set up for them. many lost family members. >> i put two of my sons in the car. it had left already. that's why i had to walk here alone. i have three children. this one is with me, i have lost the others. i haven't seen the other children or husband since then. the latest humanitarian ceasefire in gaza continues to hold. the truce was worked out in cairo, with egypt negotiating with hamas and israel. with the ceasefire in place they hope to resume the negotiations for a longer term solutions. andrew simmonds is live in gaza city. hi there. a rare calm there. the ceasefire in place for some
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eight hours. and now there was a flurry of attacks, right before the ceasefire came in effect. what about now. has the fighting stopped completely since the ceasefire started? >> it has. as you point out, eight hours without any gunfire, without any air strikes. the last rocket was fired at one minute to midnightie the palestinians. you see a car. there are screens that are surreal to the people of gaza. i watch as the sun rose, and a whole batch of fishermen were going to sea in their boats, about to start fishing for the first time in three days, where they tried before but, of course, that was unsuccessful when the last ceasefire crashed, and so now we are seeing some semblance of normality return,
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but there is this humanitarian crisis here that is colossal by anybody's standard, and now the people are slowly returning to some of their homes, maybe had returned to their homes, at the last ceasefire only to find they've been destroyed completely. many people in the u.n. shelter are staying put, but others are returning. of course, supplies desperately needed. water, electricity, the infrastructure also involves sooujage processing, which is a desperate need now, and garbage collection. there's a host of issues that need to be dealt with in an emergency like this. and right now the people are really, really hoping that this could stick. but no one, no one can underestimate how dangerous this situation is, how fragile the ceasefire actually is going to
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be, and so charles stratford assesses the last few hours before the ceasefire was agreed upon. >> reporter: near funneral, another broken palestinian family. friends and relatives mourn as men carry the body of a 35-year-old woman to her grave. she was killed in an air strike in her house in khan younis on the southern gaza strip. close by children climb over the rubble after more air strikes on homes. >> translation: when they said we have five minutes to leave, we run away. they attack two houses - mine and my brothers house was destroyed. we are residents, we work all our life to make a house and in one minute they destroy it. >> at this refugee camp is the body of a 13-year-old, another young life ended, her home hit like the mosque attacked close
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by. >> translation: about 2am they told the people to leave the house. when the people left the houses they fired the warning missile. after 45 minutes they fired two missiles towards the mosque. they destroyed it. >> drones hovered over the res d denial area. another densely populated target. >> thousand of people living in this building, residents say that there was an initial grown strike as a warning, and 10 minutes later, an air strike. it's a miracle that no one was killed in the attack. it seems not even the resting place for the dead in gaza are safe any more. >> reporter: even cemeteries like this have been hit. the graves destroyed. efforts to secure lasting troops seem as remote as ever. ceasefire after ceasefire failed, with both sides blaming the other with starting the
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violence again. >> translation: the situation is terrible. there's no power, water, or work. people are searching for gasoline and fuel. there's no life at the moment. >> translation: we have suffered weeks of the war of the there are many displaced people. there's a water crisis. houses destroyed. we pray that this will end. >> for the people of gaza, they have endured more than a month of not knowing where to run and when piece will come. people are exhausted and afraid. after all that violence, people there must be so relieved, andrew, for the reapproved. what is it going to take for the ceasefire to hold. >> you would be a clever person to answer that accurately in terms of the predicting the
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outcome. there is a 72 hour temporary ceasefire in place. there is now, once again, direct talks likely to happen, egyptians have worked hard to hold it together against the odds, it would seem. at many stages the israelis will, it appears, be going on monday to join the talks. they did not go, until they had assessed the situation, and they are yet to hear from them to confirm they are attending the talks, but it is likely, so therefore they are then into the whole series of indirect negotiations, egyptians mediating to try to reach a deal. are expectations managed on the palestinian side. could they dilute slightly some of the demands. these are questions that will be faced in the coming hours and days. the feeling is there needs to be an agreement in place during the
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ceasefire. no one wants to have another breakdown and another talk about talks about talks, to get to a temporary ceasefire with nothing agreed. so everyone has to be realistic about the situation. the whole process is fraught, and no one here - the word might be relieved, but no one is convinced that peace is in the air. >> thank you very much. as ever. andrew simmonds there live for us in gaza city, with the latest on this 72 hour ceasefire. turkey's prime minister has just won the country's first ever direct presidential election. recep tayyip erdogan wants to increase the powers of the president, and he's offering critics an olive branch, as we report from ankara. >> reporter: joy and jubilation on the streets of ankara as
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supporters of the recep tayyip erdogan celebrate his victory as turkey's first ever elected president. they were ecstatic to hear the man that so many i'd lies. unlike his fiery statements, recep tayyip erdogan struck a conciliatory tone in his conciliatory speech, insisting it was a one for democracy before a win for himself. >> translation: from this day onwards we'll have a new reconciliation. we'll see our differences and put forward not the differences but common values that we share. >> recep tayyip erdogan's main contender was backed by over a dozen political parties, the veteran diplomat was unable to stop recep tayyip erdogan and his party from winning a ninth election. >> translation: i hope the results will be good for the
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democracy. i congratulate our prime minister and wish him luck. >> reporter: despite recep tayyip erdogan and his party not losing an election, the president elect fails to convince turks that he was the right man for the job. >> i voted for ekmeleddin ihsanoglu, because i think he's the candidate that would unite the country. unlike recep tayyip erdogan, who claims to represent the people who vote for him. many of those accuse him of becoming more and more authoritarian. that's an accusation they deny. >> translation: during the time we hear the criticism, the government and recep tayyip erdogan declared one of the largest democratisation programs. second, he has been the soul power behind the peace process in turkey. one of the biggest issues that have been sources of turkey in the story of our geography. >> reporter: not the elections
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nor the sell briggses were there -- celebrations were there issues of foreign policy. recep tayyip erdogan told supporters, that this was a victory for the free-loving people of the world. a new era for recep tayyip erdogan and turkey was a whole. ered indicated that -- recep tayyip erdogan indicated that he wishes to be in power in 2023, when turkey will celebrate 100 years since the founding of the republic. for him to do that and achieve other goals, he'll need to build on his large support base, winning over after more sections. still to come in this programme. wr in ukraine where pro-russian separatists are being pounded. and tunisia tightens security at its borders as violence from libya threatens to spill over.
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the top stories here on al jazeera - iraqi prime minister
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nouri al-maliki is not backing down despite calls for his resignation. he's threatening iraq's president with legal action after a parliamentary session was delay allowing nouri al-maliki to begin a third term. a ceasefire between israel and gaza appears to be holding. they are hoping to resume talks for a longer term solution in cairo. turkey's prime minister recep tayyip erdogan has won the first presidential election. he promised is new era of national reconciliation. south africa's deputy president is set to testify at a commission of inquiry into the death of 44 people in 2012 at a platinum mine. 34 striking miners were shot dead, reminding citizens of the worst abuses.
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>> reporter: a barrage of bullets that stunned south africans and people around the world. police shot dead 34 striking minors, saying it was self-defence. a question of a labour dispute was allowed to escalate to the violent end, and was being considered by a commission of inquiry. at the time this man was a major shareholder. lawyers for the victims' families accuse him of using influence to pressure the police. he de nice the allegations. >> -- denies the allegations. >> he encapsulates the triad of interests of mining, the police, the state, and the a.n.c. he is at the center of the argument that there was a toxic collusion between the mining companies, and the state. >> reporter: south africa is reverberating with the effects of the shooting. it triggered the formation of new political parties like the economic freedom fighters,
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number three in parliament. the next president of south africa is testifying, and it will be important to many, who want to see how he handles correction. and for those that want to know the truth. >> two years after the shooting, no one, other than striking minors has been arrested. testimony is an important peace in the puzzle, hoping for an explanation, and one day justice. hundreds of prisoners are on the run outside porto prince, the tap tall of haiti -- capital of haiti. an armed gang attacked the prison which held more than 800 prisoners. up to 300 are missing. less than 20 have been returned to custody. there has been more violence between rival militias in libya, killing five people.
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two women and three children were died when their home was shelled. more than 200 have been killed in the past month. some libyans are fleeing to tunisia, they are watching afraid that the violence and instability will spill across the border. we have this report from tunis. >> reporter: strict measures on tunisia's borders with libya as thousands try to flee. on the other side of the border is a state trying to control the violence. officials are desperate to fend off a threat they see spilling over. last week the tunisian interior ministry uncovered a plot involving 26 people who planned assassinations and bombings. weapons and terrorists are being smuggled from italy. >> the terrorists in libya form the support for the terrorist groups in tunis. they plan and train them in libya to carry out attacks in
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tunis. it's the growing strength and influence of extremist islamists that is worrying for tunisia. there has been an increasing attack. last month 14 tunisian soldiers from killed and 18 injured when 60 armed many attacked the army post as the soldiers sat to break the fast. almost weekly they spoke of caches of weapons. this veteran tunisian diplomat said the fighting in libya are seeking to cross into tunisia and beyond. >> translation: the militia fighting in libya want to overthrow the regime. they are looking to share influence. we are targeted by the same groups in libya that destroyed it. tunisians see the security threat as something that will
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weaken the economy. tourism is a major source of income, and instability will help the industry. this is where the students want to see stricter measures. people are worried, families are worried when they see the young men killed in the attack. >> this person says they are undermined with weapons, and want the government to go up to the extremist groups. this is not islam. they are killing other muslims. >> reporter: on the streets of tunisia there's support for the government push to go after the islamist fighters, trying to safeguard tunizia from the ramifications. some argue concerns are exaggerated, the threat is not imminent. it's been highlighted to justify hitting hard at extreme groups, as a pre-emptive measure before
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powers change. this is a leading arab county pushing for a puristic society, and it has moved forward so far. people seem keen to protect it from the winds of extremism sweeping throughout the region. al jazeera's demanding the release of its three journalist imprisoned in egypt for 226 days now. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. in june mohamed fadel fahmy and peter greste were given seven year sentences. they got an extra three years because he had a spent bullet in his possession. the ukranian government says it surrounded the city of donetsk and demands the rebels scrunder. without a ceasefire there'll humanitarian catastrophe. they'll regain territory from the separatists.
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this was the situation in june. the rebels shown in large swathes of the area, but the areas have shrunk as government forces advance. the ukranian forces are said to have encircled the second-largest strong hold. intense fighting is continue for the strategically apparent city. whoever dominates this city controls a major road to the russian border. the ukranian stranglehold, the largest city held by the rebels that led them to ask for the ceasefire. >> typhoon halong has weakened to a tropical tomorrow. forecasters are issuing floods and landslides. heavy rain caused rivers to burst their banks. flooding caused evacuation orders from one million. one person as been killed, and dozens injured. thailand's military government
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is beginning to make plans to send tens of thousands of refugees back to myanmar. some have been living in camps along the border and are afraid to go home. wayne hay reports. >> reporter: it's been 30 years sense the first people came across the border to this camp. they came to escape the oppressive government in myanmar or burma, as it was known then. they were running away from separatist fighting between ethnic minority armies and government soldiers. >> my husband and my children and i couldn't survive there. they didn't pay us, telling us they didn't have money after we supplied crops. so many died. >> reporter: so many living in the camps has grown to around 120,000. i ron irkly they are living in a country with a military government following the
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thailand coup. soldiers tighten security at the camps, knowledge an announcement that they planned to send people back. >> most of the refugees alounge this stretch of the -- along this stretch of the border come from over the mined. the union fought for independence or autonomy for more than 60 years, sign a deal with the myanmar government, but sporadic fighting continues. >> negotiations are under way for a nationwide ceasefire. talks are held with most of the rebel armies, including in the north, where fighting has been tense in recent years. those working with refugees in thailand say it's too early to send them back. >> in the conflict area, there's no demanding it. and the second one is they are still burma's military in the states or in this area, in some area. and the third one is steal.
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fighting in the area - there's no ceasefire. ethnic minority groups say they are treated like second-class citizens by the government. >> translation: everyone in the camp has been talking about beak sent back -- being sent back. i will not return back. i will not go back. i have no home and nothing. myanmar is chaotic. >> reporter: despite the conditions in the thai camps, they feel they have a better chance at a good life by staying here. rory mcilroy has won the 2014 u.s. pga championship by one shot. he overcame a rough start ending up with 16-under par. the fourth major title for the world's number one golfer. it return back here after a quick breaks.
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